PointNLaunch, Mouse Application Launcher - gHacks Tech News

PointNLaunch, Mouse Application Launcher

Application launchers try to improve the accessibility and startup speed of programs in an operating system. This is usually done by displaying an application window in which programs can be started. They are more flexible than shortcuts on the desktops or the start menu. PointNLaunch is an application launcher that displays the applications around the active position of the mouse cursor in Windows.

The software supports a total of eight different programs or websites, that can be configured in the program's settings. PointNLaunch comes preconfigured with links to programs like Internet Explorer, Notepad, the Calculator or Windows Explorer, all of which can be changed to more appropriate programs if necessary.

Applications can be replaced with the Edit button, which displays a selection menu to change the current app to a program or website link. The properties of each item, including icons, names or arguments can be configured in the Edit menu as well.


The preview area outlines how the applications and websites are presented to the user on execution. They are basically shown as a circle around the mouse cursor position.

The activation tab in the settings defines how the application launcher is triggered. Pressing both mouse buttons at the same time will trigger the application launcher by default. This can be changed to the middle mouse button, or a special mouse button if supported by the mouse.

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application launcher

It is usually best to set the launcher to one of the special buttons of the mouse, as the two other options interfere with standard mouse functions. The left and right mouse button launch option for instance displayed not only the application launcher menu, but also the right-click menu in Windows, or the active program.

PointNLaunch offers fast access to several applications and websites. It is configurable enough to avoid interference with the operating system, and offers greatest flexibility by linking the launcher to the mouse cursor. It could do with additional applications.

The program requires the Microsoft .net Framework 4.0, and the developer has unfortunately decided to distribute the framework with the application, which increases the size of the download noticeably. A download is provided at the developer website, alternative download locations are here, for users who experience very low transfer rates.

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